Male High School Athlete of the Year

Logan Grindy, Camas High School

By Paul Valencia, Columbian high school sports reporter

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Football, baseball.

Baseball, football.

In high school, the sports are in different seasons, far apart from each other.

That’s a great schedule for Logan Grindy, who recently graduated from Camas.

“I’ve never had a favorite sport so I didn’t have to choose,” Grindy said. “I’ve always had two favorite sports.”

Grindy was the 2010 player of the year on offense for the Class 3A Greater St. Helens League after leading his team to a 9-0 regular season as the team’s quarterback.

The Papermakers would win their next two games — in the playoffs — without Grindy, who broke a leg in Week 9. The 2010 Papermakers ended up reaching the state quarterfinals, the best finish in school history.

Grindy was the starting quarterback for three seasons — all playoff years. He also was the 2009 co-offensive player of the year.

“It was fun knowing you were one of the lead positions on a good football team. The memories I will keep forever,” Grindy said. “I’m looking forward to keeping in touch with all the football guys.”

He has a lot of baseball guys to keep in touch with, too.

Grindy played shortstop for the squad that lost a 2-1 heartbreaker in the state semifinals. Grindy hit a home run in that game and also in the next game, helping the Papermakers to a third-place trophy.

“It was crazy going 25-0 to start the season,” Grindy said. “It was an awesome feeling being undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the state the whole year.”

While never having to make a choice between the sports in high school, it appears he will have to make one for college.

Grindy is leaning toward baseball, saying he would likely play next season at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore.

“My goal is to get to a Division-I school. I think I can do that in baseball,” Grindy said.

Fortunately for high school sports fans, athletes such as Grindy do not have to specialize.

Instead, a talented athlete such as Grindy can excel at two things he loves.

Best of the rest: Boys

  • Emilio Alcantar, jr., Hudson’s Bay: Alcantar earned All-Region honors by placing fourth at 3A state in wrestling at 140 pounds. He also was a first-team all-3A GSHL outfielder in baseball, and played football.
  • Dylan Croeni, sr., Washougal: All-Region cross country athlete of the year after placing second in the 2A state meet. He earned All-Region honors in track and field with a 3,200-meter state title.
  • Sam Ferenchak, sr., Union: Ferenchak was a two-sport All-Region honoree, picking up one in the fall as an all-4A GSHL linebacker in football, then placing second at 4A state in the javelin in track and field.
  • Ellis Henderson, sr., Skyview: Henderson earned All-Region honors in football where he was an all-state all-purpose performer. He also ran on a state champion 1,600-relay team in track and field.
  • Ryan Johnson, jr., Mountain View: Johnson was All-Region in football as a defensive lineman. He was also a first-team first baseman in baseball and second-team all-league in basketball.
  • Terrance Joshua, sr., Columbia River: Joshua was All-Region in wrestling, placing third at 3A state at 189 pounds. He was first-team all-league linebacker in football, and all-league at 100 meters in track.
  • PJ Jones, sr., Mountain View: Jones earned All-Region in baseball as an all-state and all-league catcher. He was a second-team all-league running back in football.
  • Miguel Salamanca, sr., Camas: He earned All-Region honors after winning a 3A state championship at 145 pounds in wrestling. He was also a first-team all-league receiver in football.
  • Zach Torson, jr., Mountain View: Torson was an All-Region selection in two sports: in basketball as a first-team all-league pick, and in baseball as a second-team all-state pitcher.
  • Caleb Whalen, sr., Union: Whalen earned All-Region honors in baseball, where he was also drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers. He was a second-team all-league pick in basketball.